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06-Dec-2008 10:11:00 GMT
West Indies in New Zealand, 2008/09

New Zealand Recall Franklin, Oram, Bring In McIntosh

Wellington: The New Zealand cricket selectors have taken the axe to the Black Caps following their two-Test flop in Australia, making four changes for the West Indies series which starts next week. All rounders James Franklin and Jacob Oram have been recalled to the New Zealand side after recovering from injuries, while uncapped opening batsman Tim McIntosh has been brought in for the tests against West Indies.

Franklin, who has not played international cricket since the 2007 World Cup as he recovered from knee surgery, has been in outstanding form in domestic cricket, scoring a double century and half century in three matches this season.

Spearhead bowler Chris Martin and the promising Tim Southee have both been dropped as has opener Aaron Redmond and middle-order batsman Peter Fulton. Redmond, who has struggled in most of his seven Test starts, makes way for Tim McIntosh, a 29-year-old left-hander, who has made an impressive start to the New Zealand domestic season.

The first Test against the West Indies, New Zealand's first match under new coach Andy Moles, starts in Dunedin on December 11.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (c), Jamie How, Daniel Flynn, Tim McIntosh, Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum (wk), James Franklin, Jeetan Patel, Mark Gillespie, Iain O'Brien.

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